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Mountainside, New Jersey


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Mountainside, New Jersey

Introduction to Mountainside, New Jersey

Mountainside, New Jersey, in Union county, is 5 miles W of Union, New Jersey (center to center) and 10 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town has a population of 6,602.

Mountainside History

In the 17th and early 18th century, this region was part of the Elizabethtown Township. Mountainside separated from Westfield in 1895. Early settlers were primarily English and Dutch. On September 24th, 1895, the "Freeholders" voted to incorporate Mountainside, which was named because of its location near the Watchung Mountains. Joseph W. Cory was the first elected mayor of the town.

Mountainside and Nearby Attractions

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Edgemont Memorial Park
  • Staten Island Botanical Garden
  • New York Aquarium
  • Turtle Back Zoo

Things To Do In Mountainside

The American Museum of Natural History, the Morris Plains Museum, and the American Folk Art Museum have artifacts of historical importance on display. Parks located nearby are the Cheesequake State Park, Old Troy County Park, and the Edgemont Memorial Park. These parks feature nature trails and offer opportunitites for fishing, swimming, boating, and picnicking. The Turtle Back Zoo, and the New York Aquarium are other popular destinations in the area.

Mountainside Transportation

Air transportation is available from the the Newark International Airport.

Mountainside Higher Education

Union County College, Kean University, Drew University, and Seton Hall University are close by.

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High Points

Mountainside strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New Jersey):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Mountainside Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Mountainside Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Mountainside Well-Paid Single Women
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Mountainside People in Middle Class or Better
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Mountainside Low Property Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Mountainside College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Mountainside Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Mountainside Public Transportation Use
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Mountainside Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Mountainside, New Jersey

Comparing Mountainside to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Jersey (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Racial Diversity 5 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5
Male Share of the Population 3 2

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 7 4

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Median Family Income 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 8
College Educated Adults 10 9
People Above Poverty 9 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Public Transportation Use 9 7
Short Commute Times 2 6
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 4
Housing Recently Built 3 4
People Living Alone 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 3
Affordability of Rents 1 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 10 8
Low Violent Crime 9 8

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Mountainside Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Union, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 07092
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.672
Longitude -74.357

Mountainside Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:
  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station CRANFORD
Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches
Station CANOE BROOK
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 66 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Station NEWARK INTL AP
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 85 F
Oct Temp 48 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches
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Mountainside Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,602 100%
Male 3,112 47.1%
Female 3,490 52.9%
Under 18 1,392 21.1%
18+ 5,210 78.9%
65+ 1,644 24.9%
Median Age 46.4
Average Family Size 2.95
White 6,278 95.1%
African-American 62 0.9%
Asian 185 2.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.1%
Other 18 0.3%
Mixed Race 49 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 199 3%

Estimated Mountainside Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,635
Growth 33
Growth % 0.5%

Mountainside Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 23.2%
German 14.3%
Irish 12.8%
Polish 10.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.5%
English 4.4%
Russian 3%
Ukrainian 1.9%
Scottish 1.9%
US/American 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
Portuguese 1.6%
Greek 1.5%
Hungarian 1.2%
Dutch 1.1%
French (except Basque) 1%
Romanian 0.9%
Swedish 0.9%
Eastern European 0.9%
Austrian 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
Welsh 0.7%
Swiss 0.6%
Brazilian 0.6%
Slovak 0.6%
Jamaican 0.5%
Lebanese 0.5%
Danish 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Latvian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Israeli 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Basque 0.2%
British 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Moroccan 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Mountainside 6,602 $105,773
Cranford 22,578 $86,624
Fanwood 7,174 $99,232
Garwood 4,153 $64,053
New Providence 11,907 $105,013
Scotch Plains 22,732 $96,238
Westfield 29,644 $112,145

Mountainside Public Libraries

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Mountainside Public Library
CONSTITUTION PLAZA
Mountainside, New Jersey
(908) 233-0115
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1. West Caldwell, New Jersey 93.4   19.1% 19.1% 48.1% 28 $94,379 7.2% 6.2% 11,233 2.1% 9.3 0.2% 0.5
2. Florham Park, New Jersey 92.3   20.8% 20.4% 57.7% 28 $102,047 6.1% 6% 8,857 5.8% 13.1 0.5% 0.5
3. Emerson, New Jersey 91.9   14.4% 18.8% 40.3% 32 $80,468 6.9% 10.4% 7,197 2.4% 6.1 0.1% 0.6
4. Cranford, New Jersey 91   22% 17.9% 43% 31 $86,624 6.5% 6.3% 22,578 2.5% 11.5 0.3% 0.4
5. Orinda, California 90.5   16.3% 18.3% 73.9% 32 $132,531 5.4% 13.4% 17,599 1.9% 18.8 0.4% 0.7
6. Cedar Grove, New Jersey 90.2   23.3% 22.5% 41.3% 28 $94,475 5.4% 10% 12,300 2% 14.6 0.3% 0.9
7. Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan 89.4   21.9% 18.2% 51.2% 25 $89,086 6% 3.7% 17,080 2.4% 10.8 0.4% 0.9
8. Bedford, Massachusetts 89.1   21.9% 18.3% 57.4% 26 $101,081 6.7% 8.8% 12,595 2.5% 4.6 0.3% 0.1
9. Fair Lawn, New Jersey 87.9   21.3% 18.7% 44.8% 32 $81,220 5.3% 8.5% 31,637 3.7% 15.6 0.2% 1.8
10. Churchill, Pennsylvania 87.9   22.2% 23.7% 55.8% 29 $74,969 4.9% 11.5% 3,566 3.1% 8.1 0.3% 2
11. Clark, New Jersey 87.6   24.2% 21.7% 28.2% 26 $77,291 5.2% 4.4% 14,597 1.7% 12.5 0.1% 0.3
12. Canton, Massachusetts 86.9   25.4% 16.9% 44.7% 32 $82,904 6.3% 7.5% 20,775 3.4% 11.1 0.4% 1.7
13. River Edge, New Jersey 86.9   22.6% 17% 45.4% 33 $80,422 7.1% 15.9% 10,946 3.1% 10.7 0.3% 0.6
14. Wood-Ridge, New Jersey 86.6   26.1% 17% 27.7% 27 $72,500 6.1% 9% 7,644 1.6% 7.1 0.2% 0.7
15. Riverton, New Jersey 84.9   25.4% 19.3% 36.2% 29 $68,125 6% 4.2% 2,759 3.1% 19.2 0.4% 1.8
16. Bethel Park, Pennsylvania 84.3   25.9% 18.1% 37.8% 31 $64,390 5.3% 2.9% 33,556 3.7% 8.3 0.4% 1
17. Belmont, Massachusetts 82.7   25.8% 16.7% 63.1% 28 $95,057 5.8% 8.8% 24,194 4.4% 8.1 0.4% 1
18. Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 82.3   26.2% 17% 29.9% 29 $75,032 5.8% 12.1% 11,662 4.2% 13.1 0.2% 0.3
19. North Smithfield, Rhode Island 82.3   21.3% 18% 25.9% 26 $67,331 5.3% 1.7% 10,618 3.5% 15.5 0.3% 0.7
20. Lopatcong, New Jersey 82   26% 22.2% 22.4% 34 $65,545 6.7% 3.7% 5,765 6.4% 13.2 0.2% 1.2
21. Maywood, New Jersey 82   24.9% 17.5% 31.2% 26 $73,419 6.5% 15.4% 9,523 3.3% 12 0.3% 0.2
22. Signal Mountain, Tennessee 81.5   25.1% 20.6% 64.5% 25 $86,997 5.7% 1.6% 7,429 3.4% 7.9 0.5% 0.5
23. Spanish Fort, Alabama 79.8   24.1% 17.7% 39.1% 26 $67,844 5.8% 6.4% 5,423 2.8% 14.4 0.4% 0.9
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